One of first two local TV licences awarded to Grimsby
OFCOM has awarded its first two of a planned new generation of local TV licences – and one of them has gone to a Grimsby bidder.
Lincolnshire Living has been given a 12-year licence, along with a station in Brighton.
Ofcom said it will award further licences in the coming months and hopes some local TV services will be on air before the end of 2013.
The licences are the first to be awarded in the local TV project championed by former culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, often in the face of widespread scepticism about whether the services will be financially viable.
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The channels will broadcast on a so-called multiplex, a small amount of spectrum reserved for local TV broadcasting on digital terrestrial television.
Lincolnshire Living is an extension of the Grimsby-based Channel 7 local TV service currently available on Virgin Media.
Lia Nici, executive producer of Channel 7, said her 15-year-old channel proved that local TV can work and be financially viable. It is funded by the Grimsby Institute.
“This means that more people can get involved in local TV and in a bigger way than ever before,” she said.